MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon High School boy’s soccer team played against the Lexington Minutemen (who are ranked 5th in the state in Division II) and lost 4-0.
The fact that MVHS was a much younger team playing against a team that not only had more upperclassmen on the field, but was also ranked so highly in the state are factors that contributed to the MVHS loss.
Lexington Minutemen goals were scored at minute 18:49 of the first half and minutes 34:43, 32:08, and 25:18 of the second half. One of the goals (the goal at 34:43) was a penalty kick for Lexington that completely changed the momentum of the game for Mount Vernon.
“Our kids played hard,” said MVHS head soccer coach Scott Dapprich. “The call that was a PK call was a complete momentum change for us because after that we kind of hung our heads and we had to kind of try and dig back in. I asked their (the opposing team’s) coach and he said that he wasn’t so sure that was a PK call.”
The Minutemen would go on to score two more goals after the penalty kick, taking complete advantage of the momentum change after the penalty kick. The final score of is a testament to not only the offensive prowess of the Lexington Minutemen, but also their defensive prowess due to them not allowing any goals to be scored on the opposing team.
Regardless of how well the Lexington Minutemen did, the young MVHS team defended their home turf in the best way they could with such a young group of underclassmen.
“We never stopped competing,” Dapprich said. “Some of our younger guys, I asked ‘How many of you are juniors and seniors’ and only half of them raised their hands. The other half are only freshmen and sophomores. They didn’t back down one bit. Some teams might tuck their tails between their legs, but our guys were still competing.”
Dapprich said his team has the potential to use this game as a learning experience.
“As long as all these guys stick together they are going to have a lot of experience of being varsity players by the time they are juniors and seniors,” he said. “That’s what we are hoping for.”
The MVHS boy’s soccer team plays against Newark in a non-conference home game Thursday at 7:15 p.m.